Sunday, March 22, 2020

Kalyan Jewellers launches Sankalp jewellery


PUNE: Gearing up for the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa, Kalyan Jewellers has announced the launch of the Sankalp collection – a line of Maharashtrian heritage inspired jewellery. This pure gold jewellery line, revisits the classics and encapsulates the quintessential Maharashtrian jewellery traditions.

From the Kolhapuri Saaj to the Thushi Necklace, from the Bakuli haar to the various styles of thodas and naths, each of the pieces in this collection, connect the legacy of the region with the nostalgia for these iconic designs.

Sankalp collection pays homage to the timeless pieces of Maharashtrian jewellery, known for their indigenous kaarigari and designs. To make this New Year shine even brighter, customers shopping at Kalyan Jewellers can avail up to 30% off on VA (value additions) of gold jewellery. Additionally, customers purchasing jewellery can avail of a flat 25% discount on the purchase of diamond and polki jewellery* and flat 20% off on uncut and precious stone jewellery*.

Speaking on this occasion, T S Kalyanaraman, Chairman & MD, Kalyan Jewellers said, “Gudi Padwa symbolises new beginnings and harbours prosperity upon its arrival. It is one of the most auspicious Muhurats for buying gold, according to the Maharashtrian calendar. Gold jewellery, symbolic of prosperity, is often a fundamental part of our New Year rituals. Keeping in mind the needs of our customers during this important day, we have launched the new Sankalp collection, a range of traditional gold jewellery, which makes for a perfect buy this season.” 

This Padwa, Kalyan has also made available a Rate Protection Offer for customers, which enables them to lock-in the price of gold and protect it from future price hikes and fluctuations. Customers can book jewellery at the current market price of gold by paying a 10% advance of the total intended purchase amount. Apart from this, Kalyan’s attractive old gold exchange policy will make it exciting for customers looking to make their Gudi Padwa purchases.

Sankalp Collection will be showcased in a new brand campaign featuring Kalyan Jewellers regional brand ambassador and Maharashtrian actor Pooja Sawant. The collection is priced from Rs 35,000 onwards and is available in Kalyan showrooms across Maharashtra.

Covid-19: Maharashtra announces lockdown


PUNE: The number of positive cases for corona virus has crossed 200 mark on Friday, March 20. In India, a total of 206 people have got infected from corona virus, as of March 20, 10 am, according to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Meanwhile, the Union Ministry of Health said total of 196 corona virus infected patients has been reported till 9 am on March 20. Out of the 195, 163 are Indians and 32 foreigners. The health ministry also stated that 22 people have recovered from the COVID-19. The ministry also added that 5 people have died due to corona virus in the country.

State-wise, Maharashtra has reported the most number of COVID-19 cases, followed by Kerala, Delhi and Karnataka. In Maharashtra, 52 people have been infected with corona virus. In Kerala, Delhi and Karnataka, the number of positive cases stood at 26, 16 and 15 so far.

On Friday, Maharashtra reported three new corona virus positive cases. Maharashtra has announced lockdown in four cities- Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur and Pimpri Chinchwad. The state's Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that all workplaces in major cities in Maharashtra, including Mumbai and Pune, will remain closed till March 31.

Besides, Uttar Pradesh also reported four new fresh cases of corona virus. The total tally has surged to 22 in the state, as of March 20,  2 pm. In Punjab, one new coronavirus positive case appeared today. Now, the state has total 3 COVID-19 cases. Also,  a fresh case has emerged in Bengal today taking the total number to 2.
Andhra Pradesh also recorded its third novel coronavirus positive case on March 20. In Gujarat, three more coronavirus cases came to light today, taking the number of COVID-19 patients in the state to five.

Pune police books 156 cases against companies


PUNE: The Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad police on Friday filed cases against 156 business establishments for violating the district collector’s order banning assembly of five or more people at a place to arrest the spread of the novel corona virus.

In all, 424 cases, including 156 by the Pune police and 268 by the Pimpri Chinchwad police, have been filed under section 188 of the IPC since Thursday.

Pune police commissioner K. Venkatesham said, “Social distancing is really important to fight against the coronavirus. We request Punekars to cooperate and stay at home. This one step can help you and help us, including health officials.”

Bachchan Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Pune police (crime) said, “The district collector has issued orders under the National Disaster Management Act stipulating clearly which establishments can remain open and which cannot. Cases have been filed by the police against establishments which have violated the order.”

Sudhir Hiremath, Deputy Commissioner, Pimpri Chinchwad police, said, “We have filed cases against business establishments where people congregate in large numbers. We have formed eight teams to sensitise business establishments on the collector’s directives.”
“There are more than 110 IT companies at Hinjewadi, Talawade and on Dehu Road. The IT and manufacturing companies are allowed to work with minimum workforce,” he added

Poona Hoteliers Association appeals for relief


PUNE: The Poona Hoteliers Association, taking cognizance of the situation owing to the Covid-I9 infection and steps taken by the Government to curb the spread of infection has written to the Chief Minister on behalf of its member Hotels, Restaurants and allied Institutions seeking relief given the huge losses facing the industry. Poona Hoteliers Association or PFIA is a non-profit entity working in the interest of industry stakeholders. Its members include over 90 major star and independently operated Hotels and Hotel Management Institutes in the city of Pune.

In the light of the drastic fall in occupancies and customers at the resta
urants, PHA in its submission has requested the Government for assistance in offering relief in licence fees, levies, taxes, duties and GST on various amenities including electricity, fuel, excise and municipal levies to tide over the current crisis. "Our effort is merely to draw the attention of the Government towards the plight of Hoteliers and the industry which is the single largest generator of employment in the Country.

A favourable consideration will help the industry save several jobs which are under threat right now, apart from keeping several ancillary businesses afloat. There are many families dependent upon employment generated directly and directly by the industry and we only seek to do our bit to ensure we keep the kitchen fuel burning in their homes," said Sharan Shetty, President of PHA.

The plea highlights the critical state that Hoteliers and Hospitality professionals find themselves due to dwindling revenues and pressures to service debt and fulfil financial obligations towards the Government. PHA has also sent copies of the appeal to relevant departments like the Tourism Ministry, Maharashtra, Commissioners of PMC and PCMC and the Collector of Pune.

COVID-19: Bajaj suspends Chakan plant operations

PUNE: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, Tata Motors has cut down operations at its manufacturing plant in Pune and may shut it down temporarily if the need arises, while two-wheeler maker Bajaj Auto has decided to shut down its corporate office and factory in Chakan, “in line with the local instructions.” Bajaj Auto has become the first automobile company in India to temporarily shut down its plant due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The maker of Pulsar branded motorcycles, Bajaj Auto is headquartered in Pune and banned international travel in February. “By early March, we had curbed all travel and implemented a work-from-home policy,” said Rakesh Sharma, executive director at Bajaj Auto. “Bare minimum manning will be maintained for essential services.”

Maharashtra has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in India, prompting the state government to announce an almost complete lockdown in Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune and neighbouring Pimpri-Chinchwad. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray ordered that all offices, shops and marketplaces, barring essential services will be shut till March 31.

Tata Motors’ Pune facility is located in the Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial belt. Commercial as well as passenger vehicles are manufactured there.

“In the interest of safety of our employees in the state, we have decided to rapidly scale down activities at Pune site to get to skeletal operations by end of Monday, March 23, 2020 and be ready for plant closure by end Tuesday March 24, if the situation warrants,” said Guenter Butschek, MD and CEO of Tata Motors. He said Pune operations will remain in this mode till March 31, after which things will be reviewed.

Furthermore, the company will continue to closely monitor the situation in other states where it has offices and plants and make “appropriate and proactive decisions” should the need arise, Butschek added. Tata Motors had already rolled out a “three-tier response plan” based on incidence of infection in cities it operates to safeguard the lives of employees. In addition to a strict protocol being followed at its facilities, a work-from-home policy has also been put into place for all office-based staff.
The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in China, has now rapidly spread across the world, killing thousands, and forcing governments to lockdown cities and even countries, to control the pandemic.